Apparently I’ve forgotten how I start these things. Which is always great
I’m just going to get right into it otherwise I’ll be here all day (I have been already, honestly).
Just how important is the ending of a book?
Now that’s not what I mean. I don’t mean the literal words “The End”. I’m not talking about those two words being written on the very last page. I think it’s pretty clear when you reach the last page of a book that it’s the end.
No, what I mean in the ending in general. How the story comes to a close. How important is it? How does it affect our rating? Our enjoyment? Does it actually matter how a book ends?
If I read a book and enjoyed it thoroughly, but then the ending just fell flat…I don’t think it’d necessarily ruin the book – but it’d definitely drop my rating. I mean, to go through all those pages and then to think the end was a bit rubbish compared? It’d be hard not to feel disappointed.
But to me, this is different to just not liking an ending because it didn’t go how I wanted it to go. If I didn’t like it because nothing really happened/it was just a bit of a fall through compared to the rest of a book, then yes, I’ll be disappointed. The entire thing would have felt like an unnecessary build up.
But if I didn’t like it because the plot didn’t go the way I wanted? Because I wanted something different to happen? Sure, I might be slightly annoyed for a bit, but in the end (no pun intended) it’s not my story. I’m just reading it. I don’t get to decide that kind of thing so I won’t dock my rating for it.
I don’t think it’d change my opinion much.
Sure, a good ending might spike my hopes for the sequel (if there is one) a little bit more, and I might be more tempted to continue the series. But if the rest of the book was just “meh” in comparison…well, then I’d probably not bother. That’s the majority of the book we’re talking about. It’s hardly worth going through an entire book just for a half-decent ending when there’s other books out there that are all good.
I think they are, definitely.
They’re the thing that’ll leave a lasting impression on our minds when we close the pages of our latest read. They’re what possibly sets us up for the next book. They’re the conclusion to the hundreds of pages we just trudged through. It needs to be good! It needs to be worth it.
A good ending will keep a reader wanting more. Or it will gather everything up, tie all the loose ends and leave us feeling content with the story. All problems are solved. We can happily move on (or if you’re like me, fangirl some more).
So a bad ending? Well, it could DESTROY EVERYTHING. All the hard work out into those pages just to feel a bit “meh” about it when it’s done. “Meh” isn’t going to get people picking up the next book or rereading that one, is it?
I don’t think endings have to go the way we want them to. Not every story will wind the way we think. We’re all very different people, not everyone will be pleased with the ending of the book. But that’s Okayy.
Now it’s your turn!
Do you think the end of a book is important? Why?
Would you rate a book lower if the ending disappointed you?
Would you consider reading a sequel if the book had a good ending, even if the majority of the book wasn’t that good?
Which books have you read with endings that just left you feeling…shocked? Amazed? NEEDING the next book? (no spoilers!)
Join the discussion in the comments!
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